“Righteous Woman, is a feminist awakening and excavation of the voices within”
In honor of International Women’s Day I wanted to feature the inspiring and extremely talented artist For Esmé. Her new single Doubtmouth from her forthcoming LP Righteous Woman is a powerful and compelling listen.
The song itself is just a Synthpop peach! Doubtmouth’s vibrating arpeggiater is delightfully synthwave and, like a message in a bottle, it carrys within these very powerful words. Merideth’s singing voice has its usual charm, maybe it’s the words or the cadence applied but you can definitely hear her frustration and a defiance in her projection on this track… oh and that numanesque outro is a toecurling spine tingler!
For Esmé’s Doubtmouth doesn’t just make you think, it makes you reflect, correct and ultimately hardens you with resolve. Her up coming album Righteous Woman released May 25 is going to be epic!
In describing the background to the album she says “Since studying psychology at Queen’s University, I have always been fascinated by psych studies – especially as they relate to women. I love exploring the scientific basis to an abstract feeling… The resulting relief and comfort in the discovery that I’m not crazy and my experiences are part of a larger and very real picture. My forthcoming LP, Righteous Woman, is a feminist awakening and excavation of the voices within. As I worked to uncover my own internalized misogyny and to interrogate the things I repress and overthink, I simultaneously researched. I read studies about the effects of self-objectification and catcalling, the cultural bias towards female anger, what creates a gender based confidence gap and more. I wanted to explore the themes of trying to be a modern, progressive, open-minded woman, and all the challenges that come along with that, especially that of confronting one’s own privilege. I found the exploration at times painful and isolating — realizing how much people prefer the comfort of the status quo.”